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Letter to the editor: Urge City Council to reject new warehouse near Community Garden entrance


Last updated 9/23/2020 at 12:01pm

Read the Signs! Contact your City Council and staff! Join me in imploring them to deny the development application for a 400-foot-long warehouse right next to the Community Garden entrance on 44th Avenue along the east edge of our city.

I've seen a bunch of those big orange Notice of Proposed Land Use Action signs along my route from SR-526 to Goat Trail Road. There's one at Schwan’s and one at the Japanese Gulch/community garden entrance, and there are a couple of them along the forested area in between at 44th Avenue. I finally stopped to read them today. Every one of us should read them! They exist to give us a chance to have our say. We need to guide our elected representatives and the city staff to make development decisions on our behalf. If we don't tell them, then they're likely to assume no one cares … except for the proponent.

With that in mind, here's what I learned from the city's NPLUA webpage ( ): the owner wants to build a 55,000 square foot warehouse. It will wipe out 100 large trees, and trade 4.3 acres of forest for 3.3 acres of impervious warehouse and tarmac + 1 acre of landscape. It will discharge all of its stormwater runoff right into the Japanese Gulch wetland at the entrance to the hiking trails (if you think that there are problems with mud and runoff water now, just wait until this project happens). There will be 35 trucks/day that will clog the roads and intersections near SR-526, SR-525, 84th Street, Paine Field Boulevard, and all points in between.

Based on previous experience with heavy trucks, they will tear up the asphalt, and cut the corners at every turn. Based on the current proposal, the project will have to pay a one-time fee of $50,000 to the city for traffic mitigation. This is nowhere near enough to make up for the problems it will cause, in perpetuity. Join me in calling for the city to deny the application!

Kurt Roberts



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